The Middle (2009–2018)
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Sue tries out for show choir with disastrous results. Frankie desperately tries to close a sale with disastrous results. Brick has trouble relating to his teacher with odd results.


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Episode complete credited cast:
... Frankie Heck
... Mike Heck
... Axl Heck
... Sue Heck
... Brick Heck
... Bob
... Gail
... Mrs. Rettig
... Mr. Ehlert
... Pete Miller
Mike Randleman ... Flight Attendant
... Mr. Yamamoto
... Aunt Edie
Andy Kreiss ... Choir Director


Mike Heck remains imperturbable whether a fellow Orson, Indiana quarry employee is hurt in an explosion or his family goes through even more drama. Firstborn son Axl is in an arrogant self-contained phase, barely prepared to put on more then his boxers, let alone join in life. Lastborn Brick is weird already and his class's favorite target, as his teacher informs his defensive parents. Sister Sue is an utter screwup; her only success, admission to the school's lame show choir, turning into the worst public humiliation. She's most like mother Frankie who, despite utterly neglecting the household, is near dismissal for never selling a single car at the dealership...and nearly succeeding proves even worse. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 September 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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In the final scene, when Frankie is riding in the convertible and then abandoned on the country road, the greenery in the side ditches of the road keeps changing. It goes from green on one side and bare dirt on the other to bare dirt on both sides and then full greenery on both sides, and back to bare dirt again. See more »


Sue Heck: Mom, Dad... Are you guys disappointed in me, you know, 'cause I never make anything?
Mike Heck: Oh, sure, I'm disappointed, hon. This is like the twelfth thing you've tried out for. I mean, I love not having to go to the events.
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10 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Patricia Heaton shines as Frances "Frankie" Heck, a working mother of three and wife to Mike Heck who works at the Quarry in Orson, Indiana. They live in the Middle of America maybe not exactly but not in California or New York. Unlike Debra Barone, Heaton really comes alive as Frankie. She's no second bananas. This is her show and her co-star Neil Flynn who plays Mike, her husband, does a brilliant job as well. The cast also has Saturday Night Live's alum Chris Kattan as her co-worker and friend. Brian Doyle-Murray plays her terrible boss, Mr. Ehlert, who owns a car dealership where Kattan and Frankie work at. He makes them work Thanksgiving. The show doesn't have an audience or old style format but you can't help but laughing at the silliness. Her youngest son, Brick, is unusual. Her 13 year old daughter Sue is awkward, forgettable, and shy but with a heart of gold. Her teenage son, Axl, needs to wear a shirt. Watch this show please!

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